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Public Enemy Number One

Invasive European Green Crab Continues to Destroy Sensitive Marine Habitat in N.L.   A European invader is lurking just under the surface. They are small, with hairy legs and a complexion that ranges from green to red. They are also very territorial and aggressive. It is none other than the infamous European green crab. According to the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), there is no getting rid of them. All that can be done now is managing their population. DFO has ...

A Year Out From Tragedy, Father Hopes to Make a Lasting Difference

On September 17, 2021, the lives of two young Labrador fishermen were suddenly taken. 25-year-old Marc Russell and 30-year-old Joey Jenkins were set to arrive in Mary’s Harbour aboard their 28-foot vessel the Island Lady around 5 p.m. that day, but never arrived. After a 10-day search that covered 9,460 square nautical miles, the RCMP called off the search for Russell and Jenkins. Just over a year out from this tragedy, Marc Russell’s father, Dwight, is looking back on what he’s ...

LFA 25 Lobster Fishery Started Off Poorly, Fiona Only Made Things Worse

The opening of the lobster fishing area (LFA) 25 season between Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick kicked off on a bad footing this year. Due to poor weather conditions, the opening of the season was delayed two days. The original season was supposed to run from August 9 to October 10, with an updated scheduling of August 11 to October 12. On top of the delayed start to the season, post-tropical storm Fiona threw another wrench into the gears for harvesters this season. Many boats, ...

Facing the Aftermath

Above: Members of the Canadian Armed Forces respond to Newfoundland and Labrador's request for assistance with relief efforts during Operation LENTUS, in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona that took place on September 24, 2022. Photo courtesy of Department of National Defence. Many Atlantic Canadian Fishing Communities Unsure of What Comes After Fiona   A war zone. That’s how some residents described the devastation at various coastal locations after post-tropical storm Fiona ...

24th Annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble Held

Above photo: The Rogie 1 steams away from Rudder’s wharf, past other Yarmouth Shark Scramble participants, after unloading during the weigh-in on Aug. 20. Kathy Johnson photos     A total of 12 boats carrying 101 participants took part in the 24th annual Yarmouth Shark Scramble from Aug. 17 to 20, landing a total of 35 blue sharks with a combined weight of 8,769 pounds. The three largest blue sharks landed during this year’s scramble were caught by the crew aboard the ...

Gear Lending Program Aims to Help Fishermen with New Requirements

The Canadian Wildlife Federation (CWF) has launched the CanFish gear lending program, providing low breaking strength rope and ropeless buoys for fishermen to try in advance of new Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) requirements for non-tended fixed gear fisheries in Atlantic Canada and Québec in 2023. “We can give them a tool,” says Sean Brillant, CWF Senior Conservation Biologist, Marine Programs. Brillant said the gear lending program is designed so that fishermen can borrow ...

Safety Deficiencies Found During Small Fishing Vessel Inspections by Transport Canada

While safety on the water is paramount to all commercial fishers, Transport Canada is reporting that it continues to find deficiencies when conducting recent inspections of small fishing vessels in the Atlantic region. “Safety is a shared responsibility and it is important that all segments of the fishing industry continue their contribution to the implementation of the safety culture,” said Sau Sau Liu, Senior Communications Advisor for Transport Canada. Lui said the most common ...

Newest Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel Dedicated into Service

On July 13, the Canadian Coast Guard officially dedicated into service the Canadian Coast Guard Ship (CCGS) John Cabot. This is the third of three offshore fisheries science vessels built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy. These unique vessels serve as floating laboratories outfitted with modern research equipment to collect the data needed for the sustainable management of Canada’s oceans and aquatic resources. A dockside ceremony was held at the vessel’s homeport, the ...

Positive Outlook for Atlantic Canadian Aquaculture Industry

Sustainable growth and development are expected to continue in the aquaculture industry in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. “The aquaculture sector in Nova Scotia is growing steadily,” says Tom Smith, executive director of the Aquaculture Association of Nova Scotia (AANS). “We’re very positive about the future of aquaculture. Over the last number of years, we’ve seen more interest in aquaculture,” said Smith, noting there are more than 40 applications for leases and ...

Review Ordered for N.L. Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act

After an embattled 2022 fishing season, with little or no signs of letting up, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act is about to be put under the microscope — again. On July 21, N.L. Labour Minister Bernard Davis announced an independent review of the collective bargaining model contained in sections 19.1–19.14 of the Fishing Industry Collective Bargaining Act. David Conway, former chair of the Labour Relations Board, has been appointed to undertake the ...